Canada Goose SE of Melbourne is an escape

To: "BIRDING-AUS" <>, "Stuart Cooney" <>, "Bill Ramsay" <>
Subject: Canada Goose SE of Melbourne is an escape
From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Fri, 5 Nov 2004 13:12:04 -0800
Searches, including one in the rain today by Sean Dooley, for the Canada
Goose reported at Braeside on Wednesday have not refound the bird. The bird
seen four days previously by David Patterson just 4 km away is presumably
the same individual. That was obviously an escape as it 'swam up to David
and begged for food', (info courtesy of Stuart Cooney)!

Nicole's photo of the Braeside bird is NOT typical of the sub-species maxima
widespread in New Zealand and differs from the bird present at Shoalhaven in
2002. The white slash on the cheek is narrower and vertical rather than
inclined, particularly on the leading edge. It does not embrace the chin
thus reaching the base of the bill as it should, extending only to below the

Mike Carter
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mt Eliza    VIC     3930
Ph:  (03) 9787 7136

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